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President Obama Met Off The Record With Conservative Journalists

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President Obama met Tuesday afternoon with a small group of conservative reporters, columnists and commentators for an off-the-record discussion.

The group, according to a source familiar with the meeting, included Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot, National Review Washington editor Robert Costa, Washington Examiner columnist Byron York, syndicated columnists Kathleen Parker and Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer.

Obama and the journalists talked for about 90 minutes in the Roosevelt room.

Costa tweeted after that it was an honor to meet Obama, but did not elaborate on the discussion. Given the off the record ground rules, it's unlikely attendees will discuss exactly what was said inside.

The White House also declined to discuss the meeting.

"In addition to giving press conferences and interviews, the President meets on occasion with groups of reporters and columnists for off-the-record discussions," White House press secretary Jay Carney told HuffPost in an email. "We don't provide lists of participants."

Obama has met a number of times off the record with opinion leaders, from newspaper columnists to cable news hosts. More often, Obama meets with liberal or moderate writers and pundits and recently he sat down with the editorial board of the New York Times.

However, Obama had dinner with conservative media figures just prior to taking office in January 2009. The dinner, which took place at George Will's house, included Krauthammer, Gigot, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, and National Review editor Rich Lowry.